Dane County Area Genealogical Society is serving as the host society for this year’s Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Gene-A-Rama conference, which will be held 27 & 28 March at the Sheraton Madison on John Nolen Drive. The featured speaker will be Cyndi Ingle, the creator of Cyndi’s List. Click here to view more information about Gene-A-Rama 2015.
More importantly, click here to sign up for times you can help us be the host.Thanks!

  Mailing Address:
  Dane County Area Genealogical Society
  PO Box 5652
  Madison, WI 53705-0652

Society e-mail address: widcags@gmail.com

Membership dues for 2014:
  $23.00/year individual or $28.00/year family ($8.00 discount if you get the newsletter only by e-mail)
  Membership year is 1 January-31 December
  Printable 2014 membership form (111 KB PDF file)
    Or go to our “Work in progress” new website to join or renew online

Society Organizational Documents (PDF files)
  Plan of Merger (July 2006)
  Bylaws (initially adopted August 2006, amended October 2007, 5 April 2012, and 7 November 2013)
  Policy and Procedures Manual (last revised October 2007)

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Society Newsletters:
  February 2015 - DCAGS (610 KB PDF file)
  January 2015 - DCAGS (754 KB PDF file)
  No DCAGS Newsetter was published in December 2014
  November 2014 - DCAGS (1036 KB PDF file)
  October 2014 - DCAGS (820 KB PDF file)
  September 2014 - DCAGS (822 KB PDF file)
  August 2014 - DCAGS (879 KB PDF file)
  July 2014 - DCAGS (655 KB PDF file)
  June 2014 - DCAGS (820 KB PDF file)
  May 2014 - DCAGS (797 KB PDF file)
  April 2014 - DCAGS (967 KB PDF file)
  March 2014 - DCAGS (947 KB PDF file)
  February 2014 - DCAGS (960 KB PDF file)
  January 2014 - DCAGS (836 KB PDF file)
  December 2013 - DCAGS (2281 KB PDF file)
  November 2013 - DCAGS (333 KB PDF file)
  October 2013 - DCAGS (805 KB PDF file)
  September 2013 - DCAGS (1055 KB PDF file)
  August 2013 - DCAGS (607 KB PDF file)
  July 2013 - DCAGS (563 KB PDF file)
  June 2013 - DCAGS (980 KB PDF file)
  May 2013 - DCAGS (1034 KB PDF file)
  April 2013 - DCAGS (469 KB PDF file)
  March 2013 - DCAGS (1329 KB PDF file)
  February 2013 - DCAGS (1035 KB PDF file)
  January 2013 - DCAGS (971 KB PDF file)

Click here for access to newsletters published prior to 2013.

Note: Many (but not all) of the URLs listed in recent newsletters are “hot links.” If you click on the URL, your browser should go directly to the web page being referenced. (You must be using either Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or some version of Adobe Reader for these hotlinks to work.)

Board of Directors:
  Barb Abbott (2017)
  Dick Ammann (2017)
  Joyce Peterson (2017)
  Walker Crawford (2016)
  Vacant (2016)
  Vacant (2016)
  Jim Benes (2015)
  DeAnn McAllan (2015)
  Vacant (2015)
        For directors, the final year of their current term in listed after their name.

  President — Vacant
  Vice-President — Jim Benes
  Secretary — DeAnn McAllan
  Treasurer — Vacant
        Officers are selected each year by the Board of Directors from among the Board’s members.
  Immediate past president — Walker Crawford 

Standing Committee Chairs:
    Membership — Walker Crawford
    Public Relations — Joyce Peterson
    Program and Education — Donna Johnson-Schmidt
    Newsletter — Patricia L. Skubis
    Historian —  Sandy Zart
    Webmaster — Rollie Littlewood

The Governing Board consists of the directors, the immediate past president, and the standing committee chairs. Any person who fits in more than one of these categories is not replaced by a substitute, and gets only one vote on the Governing Board. The Governing Board usually meets on the third Monday of each month. Contact the society president or see our monthly newsletter to get the time and location.

Upcoming Programs — 2014

Time: 7:00 PM, first Thursday of every month, unless otherwise noted
Place: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (chapel), 4505 Regent St. (intersection of Regent St.&Segoe Rd.), Madison unless otherwise noted

Meeting Date   Program Description  
7 August 2014  Ins and Outs of RootsMagic - Our speaker will be Sherry LLoyd. Sherry will provide a tour of the computer software program RootsMagic. The “Ins and Outs of RootsMagic” will include not only how to enter your data but ways to share information by way of charts, reports, books or CDs. It is one of the easiest software programs to use but one of the most powerful programs available. RootsMagic is an award-winning genealogy software program that is not only easy to use but has many features that will allow a beginner or an experienced genealogist the tools to record and share your family history. RootsMagic also has a free software program RootsMagic Essentials. The 7 August program will demonstrate some of the features of this software including the basics for recording genealogy information, printing reports, wall charts, source management and even publishing your book!
6 November 2014  Religious Records: More Than Hatchings, Matchings & Dispatchings - Our speaker will be David McDonald, CGSM. What are the less typical records available in many congregations/parishes? These can add depth to a researcher’s understanding of their families of interest, both in the Christian tradition and in other religious communities.
4 December 2014  Third Annual Show and Tell Social
8 January 2015  Meeting cancelled due to extremely cold weather
5 February 2015  Polish Genealogy/Polish Heritage Club - Our speaker will be Joanna Pasowicz, President of the Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin - Madison.

Handouts from some earlier DCAGS meetings:
Tip Toe Through the Tombstones, by Ann L. Wells (5 August 2010). Handout (1 page)
Exciting New Developments at FamilySearch, by Maureen Brady (7 October 2010). Handout (15 “slides”; 5 pages) / Presentation (72 “slides”; 36 pages).
Have you tried…? , by James L. Hansen, F.A.S.G (4 November 2010). Handout (1 page).
Finding Those Who Served: Genealogy Resources at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, by Russell Horton (2 December 2010). Handout (1 pages).
Ways to Display Your Family Trees, by Pat Skubis (6 January 2011). Handout (1 page) / Presentation (55 pages).
Genealogical Organization: From Papers to Research, by Ann L. Wells (3 March 2011). Handout (1 page).
Lineage Societies, by Bob Stone and Ruth Simpson (7 April 2011). Daughters of the American Revolution handout (4 pages) Sons of the American Revolution handout (4 pages)
The Power of Yes: A Case Study of Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota, by Joyce I. Nigbor (2 June 2011). Handout (1 page)
Reading Genealogy Books on the Web, by Rollie Littlewood (7 July 2011). Handout (4 pages)
Branches and Leaves Filled in at Last, by Patricia Skubis (4 August 2011). Handout (1 page)
The Flavor of Wisconsin: History and Culture through Recipes, by Terese Allen (1 September 2011). Handout (3 page quiz)
The 1940 Census, by Pat Skubis (2 February 2012). Presentation as PDF file or as PowerPoint file
Getting the Most Out of an Obituary, by George L. Findlen, CGSM (5 April 2012). Handout (2 pages)
The World of Genealogy Webinars, by Rollie Littlewood (3 May 2012). Handout (2 pages)
Revolutionary War & the War of 1812, by Pam Anderson (6 September 2012). Handout (2 pages)
Introduction to DCAGS’ New Online Membership Features, by Walker Crawford (4 October 2012). Handout (1 page)
Using WorldCat for Genealogy, by Rollie Littlewood (4 October 2012). Handout (4 pages) / Screen Shots displayed during talk (18 “slides”)
Family History Projects, by Lori Bessler (3 January 2013). Handout (3 pages)
Newspaper Nuggets: Going Beyond the Obituary Notice, by Kathy Sparks (2 May 2013). Handout (3 pages)
Dane County Historical Society … Who Knew?, by Mary Clark (7 November 2013). PowerPoint presentation (43 panels; 8 pages)
What is Genealogy, Anyway?, by George L. Findlen (2 January 2014). Handout (3 pages)
Culture, Heritage and Swiss Roots, by Beth Zurbuchen (6 February 2014) – Two handouts: Swiss Society of Genealogical Studies (2 pages) and Switzerland and Genealogy (3 pages)
Genealogy Research and Cartographic Resources, by Jaime Stoltenberg (6 March 2014). Handout (1 page) / Presentation as PDF file or as PowerPoint file
Free Online Resources That You Can Access from Home or at Your Library, by Pat Skubis (5 June 2014). Presentation as PDF file or as PowerPoint file

We’re proud to be an affiliate of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society
DCAGS is a proud member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies

Announcements of special interest to society members: 
Citing staffing issues, the Wisconsin State Vital Records Office announced in the fall of 2010 that they were suspending all search appointment opportunies from 1 October 2010 until at least 28 February 2011. This office did open again for onsite searches in March, but with a much tighter restriction than before on the frequency of search appointments. Each researcher is now restricted to four hours of on-site searching in a three-month period. Afternoon appointments are no longer available.

There will be tours of Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison given on 6 October 2013, sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Check BIGWILL’s Upcoming events of regional interest (in Wisconsin, Illinois & nearby portions of neighboring states) web page, where more details will be listed.

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) is sponsoring its 2014 Gene-A-Rama conference on 4-5 April 2014 at the Holiday Inn, 4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The featured speaker will be Lisa Alzo. Periodically visit the WSGS website for further information as the plans develop for this conference.

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) is sponsoring its 2014 fall seminar on 18 October 2014 at the Hotel Mead, 451 East Grand Ave., Wisconsins Rapids, Wisconsin. The featured speaker will be Jay Fonkert, CGSM. Periodically visit the WSGS website for further information as the plans develop for this seminar.

Sally Jacobs, a local archivist who operates Jacobs Archival Services in Madison, has informed us that she has started a blog called “The Practical Archivist.” She describes it as “chock full of archiving tips and geeky tidbits for genealogists and keepers of the family photo album – giving away some of my best photo archiving tips at no charge.”

Each spring and fall the Division of Library-Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society sponsors a series of genealogy classes; these usually meet on Saturday mornings in either the WHS Library in Madison or in the nearby Memorial Library. See Library-Archives Classes and Workshops for more detailed information. The six classes being offered in the fall of 2011 are “Genealogy is For Everyone” (17 September, Lori Bessler), “Ancestry.com” (22 October, Lori Bessler) [repeated 29 October], “Using Archival Collections” (12 November, Rick Pifer), “FamilySearch.org” (3 December, Lori Bessler), and “Online Genealogy” (10 December, Lori Bessler). Click on the title of any class for further details (time, fees, location, class coverage) about that class. Each class has separate registration, some may have limited enrollment. To register, download, print, fill-in, and mail the required registration form. Registration began 15 August 2011. A discount on the registration fee is offered to those who are members of either the Wisconsin Historical Society or the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.

Are you a beginner at genealogy? Would you like to explore some (free) online guides to getting started in genealogy? Here’s one to try: Indexes to the RootsWeb Guides to Tracing Family Trees

Genealogy classes offered in the Dane County Area
Wisconsin Union Mini-courses
  Dates for next set of classes: three Tuesday evenings, (not given in fall 2013)
  Location: UW-Madison campus (specific location TBD)
  Instructor: Sherry Lloyd

Oregon Senior Center Genealogy - Family History Courses
  Dates for next set of classes: four Wendesday evenings, 30 October - 20 November
  Location: Oregon Senior Center, 219 Park St., Oregon
  Instructor: Pat Skubis
  For more information view Fall 2013 Oregon School District Program Guide, especially pages 4 and 28.

Some other genealogical links of special interest:
A bit of society history:
The Dane County Genealogical Society (formerly known as the South Central Chapter of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society)
and the Computer Assisted Genealogists of Southern Wisconsin (formerly known as the South Central Wisconsin PAF Users Group)
merged in September of 2006 to form the Dane County Area Genealogical Society

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